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    Some that I'm curious about:
    - Badura-Skoda on fortepiano
    This is an excellent set, and available cheaply at the moment. I don't think that B-S is as technically adept as Brautigam, and isn't as well recorded, but somehow B-S speaks to me more. I wonder if that's because I hear B-S wrestling more with music that Brautigam plays with such ease.

    - Michael Korstick
    This one is a bit controversial. I love it, but some find him a little brutal.

    - Andrea Lucchesini
    This is a great set, but good luck finding it on CD. Fortunately, I believe that it's available on streaming services (at least it is on Spotify).

    BTW, I love Schiff's lectures on the sonatas, but find his playing on the recordings a bit too tame for my taste.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    The Pastoral is my favorite sonata.
    Oh! Then you need to listen to this one!!!!
    Of all the Pastoral recordings I have .. this is the one that always leaves to biggest impression...

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    My complete (or as best one can manage as complete) cycles are:

    Artur Schnabel
    Wilhelm Kempff (2nd DGG set)
    Erik Heidsieck
    Bernard Roberts
    Paul Lewis
    Stephen Kovacevich
    Daniel Barenboim (EMI)
    John Lill
    Claudio Arrau (both, 2nd is incomplete, alas)
    Emil Gilels (of course incomplete)
    Maurizio Pollini
    Jeno Jando

    My favourite remains John Lill.
    Last edited by CnC Bartok; Jun-01-2020 at 21:39. Reason: Bugger! Forgot Pollini!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wkasimer View Post
    BTW, I love Schiff's lectures on the sonatas, but find his playing on the recordings a bit too tame for my taste.
    I agree — his playing in the lectures themselves is much more lively, or maybe it's just the context. But then he seems like the type to overthink things in the studio.

    Thanks for your comments, much appreciated. I'm going to give Brautigam a try before I get the Badura-Skoda set.

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    A couple with very good DDD sound are Brendel 2nd set, Goode, Barenbim DG, Richard Goode
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    A couple with very good DDD sound are Brendel 2nd set, Goode, Barenbim DG, Richard Goode
    De gustibus... I owned all three of those, and when I culled my Beethoven sonatas sets six or so months ago, these were the first to go...

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    I have had a quick read through the thread and haven't noticed any mention of the live set from Francois-Frederic Guy on Zig-Zag Territories - is that because no one rates it at all?

    My sets:

    Barenboim (EMI),
    Frank,
    Goode,
    Goodyear,
    Gulda,
    Guy,
    Korstick,
    Lewis,
    Pollini,
    Schnabel.

    Plus a part set that I like for its muscularity - Hans Richter-Haaser.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malx View Post
    I have had a quick read through the thread and haven't noticed any mention of the live set from Francois-Frederic Guy on Zig-Zag Territories - is that because no one rates it at all?
    No, it's because I forgot that I had it. I also forgot that I had Schiff's and both of Backhaus' traversals.

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    How about Igor Levit for sound and performance?

    Excellent on both accounts IMHO. Sounds very much like a live performance without the audience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malx View Post
    I have had a quick read through the thread and haven't noticed any mention of the live set from Francois-Frederic Guy on Zig-Zag Territories - is that because no one rates it at all?

    My sets:

    Barenboim (EMI),
    Frank,
    Goode,
    Goodyear,
    Gulda,
    Guy,
    Korstick,
    Lewis,
    Pollini,
    Schnabel.

    Plus a part set that I like for its muscularity - Hans Richter-Haaser.
    I included F.F. Guy in my post (#9), I also mentioned Andras Schiff, which isn't getting much attention here.

    Most recently, I like the Andras Schiff ECM New Series sonatas. Annie Fischer, Pollini, Brendel. Of the younger generation of pianists I like F.F. Guy and Jonathan Biss.
    I like them both a lot.
    Last edited by SanAntone; Jun-01-2020 at 20:09.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SanAntone View Post
    I included F.F. Guy in my post (#9), I also mentioned Andras Schiff, which isn't getting much attention here.



    I like them both a lot.
    My apologys - it was a quick read through as I said so I missed the reference

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    Full cycles:
    Claudio Arrau
    Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Claude Frank
    Richard Goode
    Stephen Kovacevich
    Paul Lewis
    Alfredo Perl
    Craig Sheppard
    Russell Sherman

    I also have a smattering of individual recordings (Brautigam, Brendel, Gilels, Giltburg, Kodama, Levit, Lupu, Pletnev, Pollini, Richter, Rosen, Say, Schiff, P. Serkin, Solomon)...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helgi View Post
    I agree — his playing in the lectures themselves is much more lively, or maybe it's just the context. But then he seems like the type to overthink things in the studio.
    Re: Schiff/ECM, these are live recordings, got it mixed up.

    Listening again on Spotify and I like them a lot more than last time.

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    Anyone heard of this guy?
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post


    Anyone heard of this guy?
    I responded elsewhere: a link

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